Chicago Excessive Force Lawyer
Did the Police Use Excessive Force During Arrest?
The use of excessive force during an arrest is a direct violation of a citizen’s Fourth Amendment Rights. Police officers should never exert force toward a person unnecessarily. The law offers several protective measures to keep citizens safe and free from police misconduct. Unfortunately, officers are not always as keen on the laws. This is why it is so important to have a legal representative who does understand the laws and can help assert your legal rights.
When is it, "Excessive Force?"
You might have a civil claim against the police force if an officer or group of officers caused you injury due to excessive force. If an officer violates your rights during arrest, for example, it can invalidate the evidence uncovered in a criminal investigation.
Officers do have the right to use force if it is necessary during an arrest or to provide defense. It is when the force is done unnecessarily, such as when the suspect is not showing any form of aggressive behavior. As the individual who is pursuing the claim, you have the burden of proving that law enforcement was liable for the injuries or emotional distress.
The claim may include the following:
- The officer acted outside the standards necessary for arrest
- The officer’s conduct was outrageous, reckless, or dangerous
- The officer intended to inflict distress or injury onto the victim
- The victim was injured or suffered emotionally due to the officer’s actions
Filing a Claim for Excessive Force
By contacting a Chicago excessive force attorney, you can have an ally on your side to investigate your case and determine culpability of the police officers involved. Remember—even if you have been charged with a crime or are facing another criminal accusation, you still have rights. We are here to protect them and make sure that your voice is still appropriately heard in the court of law.
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